India is ending the year 2012 in a note of shame and unspeakable sadness. It is unprecedented in the history of independent India that the Secretary General of the United Nations has issued a strongly worded statement about the tragic plight of women in our country.
Ban Ki Moon represents the conscience of the world community. The operative part of his statement offering UN’s assistance to the United Progressive Alliance government led by Manmohan Singh to ensure gender equality and empowerment of women in India speaks volumes about the state of affairs in our country.
Someone in the UPA government should bear the moral and political responsibility for what happened. But that may be too much to hope for, since Manmohan has a history of threatening to resign only when he is hundred percent sure that his offer will be turned down.
And in this case, the country will only heave a sigh of relief if he simply quits and retired to private life. At the end of the day, it is his theek hai remark in his national address to his grief-stricken countrymen that is bound to become the legacy of his disastrous tenure as prime minister.
Clearly, the moral responsibility doesn’t end with Manmohan. How can we possibly overlook that the ruling Congress Party is led by a politician who is also a woman? And any politician in a position of absolute authority — with a conscience, of course, and the moral fibre — should know what is the atonement when there has been such a colossal failure of governance.
The country has a right to expect a New Year gift from the UPA government and the Congress Party.
Posted in Politics.
– December 31, 2012